WLG – Master Class Series (3 of 12) Surviving and Thriving in a Male Dominated Field – Public Works

Nov 12, 2020 2:00PM—3:00PM



Cost Non-Member $120, Member $100, Student Member $50 (Price includes 12-class series)

Event Contact Amy Chang | Email

Women Leading Government’s Master Class series occurs every second Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m.  Each session is approximately one-hour long with 30-40 minute presentations followed by time for Q&A.  Monthly sessions will feature a different speaker who will address a variety of subjects, from being a woman leader in Public Works to negotiating your salary.  All of these women will talk about how they survived and thrived in a challenging work environment.  Below is a list of the sessions in the Master Class series.

September 10, 2020
The Courage to Lead – The Time is Now.
Scharrell Jackson kicks off our Master Class series with an inspiring and energetic discussion on how women cannot wait to become their best selves – we are already there! Scharrell will inspire you to make a difference in your life, and in the lives of others around you, as you become an ultimate leader.

October 8, 2020
Marie Knight – The Joseph Factors of Leadership. Join us to hear about how Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat teaches us the leadership characteristics needed to survive in both dire circumstances, and in daily life.

November 12, 2020               
Public Works – Surviving and Thriving in a Male Dominated Field

Susan Hann, P.E., AICP, ICMA-CM has worked in the public works profession for her entire career, spanning almost 40 years. Her experience includes 17 years with the City of Palm Bay serving as the Public Works Director, Deputy City Manager and then the City Manager until 2015 when she joined the School Board of Brevard County, Florida. Sue is now the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities Services, overseeing a six-year, $200 million sales surtax program for facility renewal and she has recently reopened 84 schools within the framework of a pandemic.

She has been the lead volunteer administrator and instructor for the American Public Works (APWA) Association Emerging Leaders Academy since its inception, concluding Class XIII in 2020. Sue is a former member of the APWA Board of Directors as the At-Large Transportation Director from 2008-2014. She also frequently teaches leadership and ethics topics for public works and local government organizations.

In her free time, Sue and her husband, Murray, are avid mountain bikers!

December 10, 2020               
Negotiating your Salary – Knowing Your Worth – Valerie Gaeta Phillips

January 14, 2021                    
Breaking into Legislative Advocacy and Breaking Down Barriers – Diana Coronado & Cori Takkinen – Townsend Public Affairs

February 11, 2021                  
Diversity & Inclusion: What it Means for Local Government – Bobbi Porter

March 11, 2021                     
Strategies for Developing and Managing Your Personal Brand – Francine Palmer

April 8, 2021                          
Preparing a Local Tax Initiative – Joy Kummar & Rebekah Kramer

May 13, 2021
A Conversation with Two Mayors – Jennifer Fitzgerald & Lyn Semeta

June 10, 2021
From Activism to Reality – the formation of a Community Choice Energy Program – Beth Vaughan, Cody Hooven, & Nicole Capretz

July 8, 2021                            
The Struggle is Real: How to Survive Local Government as a Young Female Professional

August 12, 2021                     
Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Nicole Lance